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Foley is poised to make return

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI is poised to address one of the most disappointing events of Ireland's Euro 2012 experience by inviting Kevin Foley back into the fold for the November 14 friendly against Greece.

The Ireland boss will name his squad for the Aviva fixture tomorrow and is expected to call-up in-form Norwich duo Wes Hoolohan and Anthony Pilkington.

Foley (below), who took a principled stand on returning to the Ireland squad for the new campaign after he was replaced by Paul McShane just hours before Trapattoni submitted his final list to meet UEFA's Euro 2012 deadline in May, is ready to return.

"I am over the disappointment of what happened with the Euros and am looking forward," said Foley, giving a clear indication that he wants to be considered for selection again.

"We'll see what happens there but there's plenty going on here at Wolves to keep me fully occupied," he added.

The manner in which Foley was eliminated from the final squad has been cited as one of the main reasons why Trapattoni has struggled to convince his younger players that he is the right man to continue as Ireland manager.

Foley was and remains a popular figure among his peers and there was deep disquiet about the way he was cut loose during Ireland's preparations in Montecatini in Italy.

Trapattoni has indicated on several occasions that he would welcome Foley (right) back in an instant but is adamant that he would make the same decision again if a similar situation arises in the future.

Foley's chances of making it into a starting line-up would appear to be slim enough although the fact that Marc Wilson will be out until the New Year will help his cause.

Meanwhile, Chris Hughton has revealed that Hoolohan's form in pre-season forced him to re-evaluate his entire tactical approach to the season.

"My view of Wes hasn't changed. Before I came here I knew he was a good, influential player. Wes is a good player. He was a good player before I came here. So he's certainly not going to become a bad player overnight.

"There's no doubt he's best used in a central position because he's somebody you need to get on the ball," he said.

"In pre-season and perhaps at the start of the season I was looking more at playing two strikers. It's always a bit more difficult to fit him into that - Wes is as good a player as I thought he was."


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